Grade 11 Law

Essay Assignment

Potential Topic List

  • The Death Penalty
  • The Media
  • The Internet
  • Young Adults
  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Women
  • Race
  • The Family
  • Scientific Evidence
  • International Conflict
  • International Human RIghts
  • Privacy
  • The Environment
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Employment
  • Canadian Human Rights
  • Civil Law and Justice
  • The Accused
  • Sexual Assault
  • A topic of your choice

Research - The Library Catalogue

The first place to start your research is by using the library catalogue. This is where you want to start your book search. We have a number of book resources for the topics listed above. You have two methods to find and use the catalogue:


  1. Go to the applications page and click on the "Library Catalogue - Louise Arbour"
  2. Go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page and click on the Library Catalogue (You can access this one from home as well).


Once you are at the main page, enter the subject/keywords of the topic that you are searching for. Keep in mind that spelling is really important! If you spell the word that you are looking for incorrectly, the system will assume we do not have it. We may not have books for some of the topics that you are looking for, but this is a good place to start! If you are having difficulty finding the book that you are looking for, please ask a member of the library team. We are here to help you!

Research - The Databases

Sometimes books on your topic can be hard to find because your subject area might be really new or really specific. This is where databases will become your best friend! There are two ways to get to the databases:


  1. Go to the applications page and click on "Library Catalogue - Louise Arbour". Then click on Library eResources. Click on eResources. Click on Intermediate/Secondary. Then you will find all of our databases.
  2. Go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page through your BYOD. Click on BYOD login. Click on MyClass (the green icon). Click on the Library Learning Commons MyClass icon. Click on databases from home. Then you will find all of our databases.

The Databases - Finding the Information You Need!

Once you have found the databases you will need to start searching for your topic. For this assignment, I would recommend starting at the following databases when conducting your research:


  • Canadian Points of View
  • LegalTrac
  • Canada in Context
  • Canadian Reference Centre
  • CPI.Q Canadian Periodicals
  • Stats Canada
  • Ontario Educational Resource Bank
  • Explora


These databases have been specifically selected for you for this assignment because they will have the most relevant information for what you are looking for. They are better than a random search on a website because you can find a lot of information here that has been written by experts in the field. But beware! For this assignment you are not allowed to get your information from overtly biased news sources like CNN or the Toronto Star. If you are unsure if your source of information is biased, ask the librarian or Ms. Bains! You should not have to use Google for any of your research for this assignment. The databases will have what you need to get your work done! Please keep in mind that you cannot click the links below to get to the databases. You will need to go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page to get there or you can click on the secondary eResources link below.

Creating a Works Cited Page

For this assignment, you are required to create a works cited page to ensure you are not plagiarizing your work. We have many tools to help you create the perfect works cited page!


Since this is a Law assignment, you should be using the MLA style of referencing. On the Library Learning Commons MyClass page, under Class Resources, we have a number of tools that you can use to help you track your sources and create a proper works cited page. You can also use the databases to help you complete your works cited page by clicking on SourceIt. This database is Peel Board approved in terms of being a great tool to help you properly cite your work.


One of the easiest tools to use when creating a works cited page is Citation Machine. If you go to www.citationmachine.net , you can input your book, magazine, website, film or other resource and the citation will be created for you! Please keep in mind that if some parts of the citation are missing, you can easily fill them in using Citation Machine.


Finally, many of the databases create the citation for you! When you are in a database and you are looking at an article, look to the top or the left of the article to find a citation tools like (in some databases it will look like a check mark). If you click on that link and select MLA formatting, the citation will be created for you and then you can copy and paste it into your works cited page.


When completing your works cited page, there are a few key things to remember:



  1. It should be in alphabetical by author's last name. If there is no author, then it should be in alphabetical order by whatever letter comes first in the citation.
  2. The second line should be indented. You can do this by pressing "Enter" and then "Tab".
  3. You do not have to number your citations.
  4. You do not have to put your list of citations into categories (i.e. books, magazines, websites, etc.).
  5. You should only include resources that you actually used in your research. If you looked at it, but did not use it, it should not be included in your works cited.



WORKS CITED EXAMPLE – MLA FORMAT



Works Cited


Harris, Joanne. Five Quarters of an Orange. Boston: Harper, 2002.


Our Lady Peace. "Innocent." Gravity. Sony, 2002.


"Season One." Grey's Anatomy. Writ. Shonda Rhimes. DVD. Touchstone, 2005.


Strudwick, Leslie. Entertainers. Calgary: Weigl Educational, 2000.